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Whistler's Off-Road Cycling Association launches season

Bike swap, trail sweep this weekend

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Kids must be WORCA members to take part, and have a working bike with hand brakes and gears, plus helmet and gloves that fit, a hydration pack and basic cycling skills.

Special General Meeting set for May 2

In the fall, WORCA's board held a special general meeting to pass an amended constitution and bylaws, when they discovered that the previous bylaws had not been officially registered with the Provincial Registrar. The association worked with a lawyer to bring the organization up to date, and now a second special general meeting is required to pass the updated documents. The meeting takes place on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., Lost Lake Passive House. The special resolutions are available online at www.worca.com.

Ride/race season to get underway

WORCA is hosting more than 30 events this season, including weekly Toonie Rides, Monday Night Rides, the Phat Wednesday Downhill Series with Whistler Blackcomb, at least two Enduro-style events and a women's only bike race following in the tracks of Betty vs. Veronica and Charlie's Angels.

The first Toonie Ride is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, meeting at Lost Lake Passive House. Sign-in is at 5:30 p.m. and the race gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Memberships are required to race. If you plan to sign up at the start, get there early - the first few races are always busy at the registration table. Online registration is also available at www.worca.com.

Races take place every Thursday through to the second week of September, plus a special Halloween ride on the last Thursday in October.

Monday night rides get underway on May 27, with options to ride with beginner, intermediate or advanced guides. It's a great way to practice skills and learn the trails, organized with Whistler Bike Co., Back in Action, Nesters Market and WORCA. Riders should meet at the Whistler Bike Co. in Whistler Village at 6 p.m. and be ready to ride at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

Details on the Phat Wednesday series, enduro races and women's event will be announced soon.

<p>WORCA assembling Ironman volunteer team

Ironman Canada is coming to Whistler and Sea to Sky, and organizers estimate they could need between 2,500 and 3,000 volunteers to support the race. To entice volunteers, race organizers will make cash donations to non-profits that provide groups of volunteers to the event.

WORCA is hoping to find at least 30 volunteers for the race, which will be tasked with the setting up and operating the Transition 2 area in Lot 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a Thursday. The money will go towards WORCA's trail fund.

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